Top general shot dead in Burundi, ICC to investigate killings

A Burundian police officer securing the scene of Monday's attack that claimed the lives of General Athanase Kararuza and his wife.

A Burundian police officer securing the scene of Monday’s attack that claimed the lives of General Athanase Kararuza and his wife.

A top Burundian general and advisor to one of the country’s vice presidents. Athanase Kararuza  has been shot dead in the capital Bujumbura.

General Kararuza, and his wife, who also died in the heavily armed attack were dropping off their daughter at school Monday morning.

The prominent general’s death is the latest in a string of “targeted killings” claiming lives of high ranking members of the military and politicians on both the government and the opposition sides.

Meanwhile, the Hague-based International Criminal Court has announced its initial probe into the killings in Burundi to determine whether or not the situation in the tiny East African nation warrant a full scale inquiry that might culminate into charges of suspected perpetrators.

Nearly 500 people have died in the year-long conflict that has destabilized the small impoverished nation and hundreds of thousands have fled to neighbouring countries as refugees.